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AXPONA 2017: Well Pleased with Rethm and Aqua HiFi

Mark Sossa of Well Pleased A/V was, once again, show off his penchant for nifty-yet-affordable gear here at AXPONA. Mark is one of those guys with a reputation for exploration: all the brands he carries are just off the beaten path. 307 more words

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AXPONA 2017: New products gush from Mark Levinson

Mark Levinson has been on a comeback in recent years, adding top staff and developing an ambitious plan to revitalize its brand in the luxury home-audio market. 405 more words

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AXPONA 2017: ZMF Headphones appeal to your ears, brain, soul

I first met Zach and Bevin Mehrbach four years ago at AXPONA as the young couple was just getting going with their new brand, ZMF Headphones… 867 more words

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AXPONA 2017: Merrill Audio’s Christine preamp is ultra quiet, ultra cool

Merrill Wettasinghe, owner of Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, is one of those guys in the high-end who seems able to coax a bit more performance out of his components than the average talented designer. 413 more words

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AXPONA 2017: Less is more for Neat, Audia Flight

Some audiophiles have an unfortunate tendency to judge equipment at first glance by appearance alone.

Often they are guilty of stereotyping products, as in, “Small speaker? 621 more words

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AXPONA 2017: Daedalus goes deeper with new 10-inch woofer

The last time I listened at length to a pair of Daedalus Audio speakers at a show, they were flanked by the company’s custom subwoofers. 321 more words

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AXPONA 2017: Classic Audio Loudspeakers mix power and poise

I was approaching an open door on the lower level of the Westin O’Hare when I heard an unmistakable rhythm track kick in. From outside, the crack of the snare and the slinky, pulsing bass sounded like the musicians might actually be in the large room. 638 more words

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